Former tour-winning doubles player Nathan Healey and up-and-coming junior Robin Anderson led the way at the US Open National Playoffs Middle States Sectional Qualifying Tournament held at the Mercer County Tennis Facility in West Windsor, N.J. Healey swept the singles and mixed doubles titles, pairing with Veronica Corning to capture the latter, while Anderson breezed to the women’s singles crown.
With the victories, all three players advance to the 2011 US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships, which will be held in August in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series event. The winners of the men’s championship and the women’s championship—which feature the winners or top available finishers from the 16 sectional qualifying tournaments being held throughout the country—advance to the US Open Qualifying Tournament, while the winners of the mixed doubles championship earn a main draw wild card into the 2011 US Open mixed doubles event.
Healey, 31, an Australian native now living in of Wyomissing, Pa., defeated last year’s Middle States sectional qualifier champion Punch Maleka in the third round and did not drop a set during the tournament. He defeated Jermaine Smith, 32, of Catasauqua, Pa., 6-1, 6-3, in the final. Healey rose to No. 58 in the world doubles rankings in 2003, played in the Australian Open doubles main draw each year from 1999 to 2008, reached the round of 16 at the US Open in doubles in 2002 and won three ATP doubles titles, including the China Open in Beijing in 2005 with Justin Gimelstob as well as two titles with former Australian doubles standout Paul Hanley.
In the mixed doubles, Healey teamed with the Corning, 19, of Beverly, Mass., to defeat Jill Saunders, 20, of Kempton, Pa., and Kristopher Shumway, 30, of Royersford, Pa., 6-2, 6-3, in the final. Corning attends Boston University and trains in the Philadelphia area.
Anderson, 18, of Matawan, N.J., had no problems en route to the women’s singles title, dropping just four games in four matches and defeating Amy Zhu, 16, of Newark, Del., in the final, 6-2, 6-0. In 2010, Anderson reached the quarterfinals of the US Open juniors, and she also advanced to the semifinals of the Easter Bowl and the quarterfinals of the Orange Bowl. She also recently claimed her first professional title, winning the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Landisville, Pa., without dropping a set. She will graduate from high school next week.